Reminiscent of an English castle, the home known as Dragon Rock in MacDonald Highlands embodies unprecedented elegance and has its own Irish pub in the basement.
The estate’s custom iron chandeliers, hand-painted ceilings, stone walls and a turret embody its exquisite design.
“It has a castle feel,” said owner Brad Adams, who as CEO of Sunstone Publishing does business consulting and coaching. “But with a modern appeal. Instead of cold and dank, it’s warm and inviting.”
The custom estate, 1513 Foothills Village Drive, is listed for $3.5 million through Kristen Routh-Silberman, a Realtor at Synergy/Sotheby’s International Realty.
Ann and Brad Adams bought the 7,241-square-foot home in 2015 for nearly $2.8 million, after a year of looking at several different properties throughout the valley. The couple moved to Henderson from Southern California to care for her elderly parents.
“It was love at first sight when we walked into the courtyard,” said Ann Adams, who is a writer and screenwriter and is writing a biography. “It’s very peaceful.”
The Adams are the property’s third owner and are looking to downsize. The original owner, Russell Bay, designed and built the home in 2003.
A general contractor, Bay customized and modified a design he purchased while building a spec home in Anthem Highlands. He added an additional 3,000 square feet, reconfigured the shape of the home, changed the location of the pool and added the pub.
Bay chose the location of the home in MacDonald Highlands because of the proximity to the park located across the street. He was one of the first to build in the community.
“There were four homes up on the hillside overlooking the golf course,” Bay said, who owned the home for more than 10 years. “But I think I was the first one on the golf course.”
The home’s four en suite bedrooms include a master retreat and casita. It has 6½ baths, a soundproof movie theater with wet bar, basement game room with custom replica of an Irish pub, a 1,100-plus bottle, climate-controlled wine cellar, large office with fireplace and an air-conditioned doghouse.
The opulence of the home is evident immediately upon entering the lush front courtyard. Its mature landscaping showcases several palm trees surrounding a resort-style, heated pool, waterfall and spa. Misters lining the home’s roof, cool the courtyard while custom hand-sculpted gargoyles spill water from their nostrils along the stone pathway leading to the massive double iron bared front door.
The home’s grand foyer showcases a massive iron chandelier, hand-painted ceilings, large wooden handcarved columns and stone walls.
Through a dramatic arched-stone doorway, the large main living room is topped off with an over 30-foot domed ceiling. Providing a focal point for the room, a massive iron chandelier gives the dome an impressive centerpiece.
Individually formed lava rock rises above the oversized, wood-burning fireplace meeting the ceiling creating another striking statement.
“It’s a one-of- a-kind thing,” Bay said about the custom lava rock. “We found a guy who melted lava rock and created black tiles.”
Adjacent to the living room is a chef’s kitchen clad with premium finishes and fixtures.
The kitchen features custom mahogany cabinets, granite counters, custom lava rock back splash. Its professional-grade appliances include a Wolf double oven with six burners, grill and a pot filler flanked by custom-designed dragon heads, a Subzero refrigerator/freezer, two dishwashers, warming drawers and built in Miele espresso machine.
The dragons and gargoyles theme was inspired by the Dragon Ridge Golf Course and Dragon Breath, the name given to Bay’s offshore boat. The large bronze sculptures were created by Realm of Design in Henderson.
“They are super-talented,” Bay said about Realm.
“This house is very entertainer-friendly,” said Ann Adams, who has hosted her father’s 100th birthday party and Las Vegas Knights’ gatherings in the home.
Expansive glass doors allow guests to spill out to a covered terrace. The terrace features an outdoor kitchen with golf course views.
Dragon Rock’s 747-square foot Irish pub features thick granite full bar with four beer taps and four flat-screen televisions.
Bay had planned to expand the basement under the lawn on the back side of the home. He wanted to add a bowling alley and shooting range but the economic downturn stopped the expansion project.
The master suite offers a separate sitting room, three-sided gas fireplace and walk-in closets. The steam shower features two rain heads and several jets along with dark green marble walls.
The home boosts a 10-car garage with separate recreational vehicle and golf cart garage doors, built-in work bench, separate washroom and mechanic work area complete with a compressor and overhead car crane.
Dragon Rock features premium construction products and methods. According to Brad Adams, when purchasing the home, his inspector called it the “heaviest house” because of the superb quality of construction.
“We didn’t cut any corners,” Bay said. “We did everything top quality.”
Dragon Rock also features an integrated Crestron-controlled system, all natural slate roof and copper gutters.
About the estate
Price: $3.5 million
HOA fees: $330/month
Location: 1513 Foothills Village Drive, MacDonald Highlands, Henderson
Size: 7,241 square feet, 0.64 acres, four sound-proof en suite bedrooms and seven baths.
Features: Located on the seventh hole of the DragonRidge Golf Course. It features a Irish pub in the basement, a sound-proof theater with wet bar, two wine cellars, casita and a 10-car garage with workshop. It includes a private front courtyard with waterfall, fountain, resort-styled pool, spa and lush landscaping, exterior waterfall and authentic gas lamps in courtyard and exterior of home. It has an European inspired chef’s kitchen with granite counters and dark wood custom cabinets, professional grade appliances and butler’s pantry.
History: General contractor Russell Bay, designed and built the home in 2003. Ann and Brad Adams purchased home in 2015 for nearly $2.8 million.
Listing: Kristen Routh-Silberman, Realtor of Synergy/Sotheby’s International Realty.